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My shop is the front half of an 8×12 storage unit … part of which is taken up by the chest freezer (sanding station) and part of which is taken up with my wife and her lathe. I'd fuss about lack of space, but you don't irritate a redhead with a bucket of freshly sharpened tools.

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some shop is better than no shop.
 

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Exactly. The previous shop was the guest bathroom, which held the wife's lathe and bench grinder. We had to lift the lathe stand to open and close the door.

Once I got my bandsaw, though, we knew we had to have more room. I think it's an improvement.
 

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Ossian, it sounds like you two have a "close" working relationship as well. :) I can empathize with you about having to deal with a redhead. My wife, who is a stereotypical redhead, doesn't have any real interest in woodworking other than wanting to help me keep my shop clean and neat. She is borderline OCD with respect to keeping things neat and dust free so I tend to get yelled at a lot for "tracking sawdust into the house" when I don't meticulously clean up the dust after working in the shop. But, after 32 years, I have grown accustomed to her moods.

When she goes through the shop it is spotless and organized but the only trouble is I can't find a number of my hand tools since she firmly believes that stashing them in drawers is a good way to organize them. The mobile tools all get arranged along one wall but I can't get to the ones I need since they are stacked three deep. It does satisfy her need to "create more room in the shop", though. :)

Why don't you post some pictures of your shop when you get the chance? It may be small and a little space challenged but I have always said, very much as Jim already has, that any shop is a good shop.
 
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